Granny Mary Leshavhana celebrated her 100th birthday. Photo: Kaizer Nengovhela.

Granny Leshavhana celebrates 100 years

News - Date: 23 June 2024


Saturday 15 June was a heartwarming day for Ms Mary “Mmbau” Leshavhana as many people gathered to celebrate her 100th birthday at a function held in Mashamba.

According to one of her grandchildren, Mr Mudau, they organised the party to honour their grandmother. “It was only fitting to organise a party for her because she has reached an age that most people never attain. We love our grandmother, and she loves us too,” said Mudau.

Despite using a walking stick, Leshavhana remains strong and hopes to celebrate many more birthdays. Her declining eyesight is manageable, supported by her sharp hearing and keen mind, which keep her days enjoyable. She has seven children, 39 grandchildren, and 146 great-grandchildren. Reflecting on the past, she recalled a time without schools, clinics, hospitals, or roads. “We used to travel long distances on foot because there were no cars,” she said. “The elders farmed for food, while young boys and girls like us looked after the goats and cows.”

She attributes her longevity to eating healthy food and respecting the elders. “I have always enjoyed fruits and vegetables, and I have never tasted alcohol,” she emphasised. “I want future generations to learn about our history, and I believe I will live for many more years. If you live a clean life, God will bless you with a long life.”

Ms Leshavhana is a devout member of the Zion Christian Church and credits her faith for her long life. “I am here today because of God's will. Without God, I would not be celebrating my 100th birthday. Where there is God, there is life,” she declared.

Pastor Reuben Mashamba of the ZCC described the celebration as an historic event. “A family without elderly members lacks wisdom and guidance,” he remarked. He commended the family for choosing to care for their mother at home rather than sending her to an old-age facility, fostering a harmonious environment.


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Kaizer Nengovhela

Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror in 2000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.

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